I was contacted by Rubbermaid to see if I’d be interested in reviewing their new line of fabric storage containers called Bento™. As a person who likes to dabble in many different kinds of artistic pursuits, finding a way to contain them all is always high on my list, so of course I said yes! They also have offered to send one Bento set to one of my blog readers, a $215 value. All you need to do to enter is:
-leave a comment on this blog entry by Monday Sept 3rd at noon EST, I’d love to hear what you’d use the Bento set to organize.
I’ll use the random number generator to pick a winner. Since the prize is shipping from Rubbermaid they’ve asked that I limit it to USA & Canadian readers only (I’m so sorry international friends, I still love you!)

The sample set they sent me was in the paprika color, which is fine…but I think I like the Loose Linenthe very best. I was also thinking you could cut a freezer paper stencil for the top since they are fabric and maybe add some lovely chevron pattern with fabric paint. Which is what I might do to mine.
Besides the color I really appreciate the function of the box. Contained inside the one large box (which has handles which I like) is smaller containers. Each of which the lid is reversible, which gives you a surface to flip over and work on your project in. A surface with a lip so projects don’t go flying off everywhere.
There are also clever little side pockets (can you see the knitting needles slide down into them?) Well they pop out if you want them to, and act as dividers. This way you can break up the boxes into even smaller sections. Which I appreciate as well. I really think the set is ideal for people who don’t have a designated craft area. You can load up the box with your current projects and then open it up while working on it, and close it back up when not.
So don’t forget to leave a comment so you can win a set of your own, maybe you’ll get the Loose Linen;) ;)

and for the legal stuff: My sample was provided free of charge by Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. and Rubbermaid®

Thrifting Thursday – Cookery Books

Today I thought I’d share two thrifted books. The book on the left is a cooking-clips book, or a book filled with files for storing recipes you clip out of magazines and newspapers. I love it, but I also wish it came filled with recipes. I loved reading old clippings like that. There are so very strange vintage recipes out there indeed!
The next book Praise for the Cook is a promotional cookbook that was released by Crisco in 1959. It has the best illustrations, and look at that cute little tub of crisco!

Working Wednesday – Bathroom makeover

Last week I decided to try out the vintage blue sink we bought while in Pittsburgh. Our original sink top had been broken (you can see it in that photo I linked) for so long. A painting actually fell and broke it and we kept putting off replacing it thinking we would find a cool sink.

Anyhow I went to the hardware store to see what I could find in the way of bathroom vanity cabinets. I bought the smallest one that had even though it came with a sink, and in the end the blue sink didn’t work out, but that’s ok. We will find another project for it. I wish I had taken some before pics of the bathroom, but this is the small bathroom on the first floor and there are no windows. It was a light mint green, and the old bathroom vanity was pretty large, brown with a plain white (broken) sink.
First I removed the old sink and vanity thanks to youtube videos this was super easy! Then I actually painted all the walls a color called “blackberry jam”. It ended up really a bad color for this room. Floor to ceiling paint that was a plum colored (but looked maroon in the bathroom light) wasn’t flattering. I decided to leave it overnight and think about it. By the next day I still hated it, and figured if I was going to take all the time to re-do the bathroom I needed to love it.
I had the idea to paint it with chalk board paint, and add a crisp white bead board and trim around the lower half of the bathroom to keep it from being too dark.
While it was quite a bit of work over 4 days or so, I am so happy with how it turned out. You can see our friends have been having some fun with the chalk, and I love the idea of decorating it with some pumpkins come Sept. I also love the idea of using chalk board paint to create a simple design that looks like wallpaper. You can see our bathroom here before all the chalk drawings.